Mechanical Engineering

National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical Department of Mechanical Engineering

Head of Department:  Prof. Ewa Zawilska

MSc (Mech. Eng), Pr EngT, MSAIMechE

Telephone:  (0)31 907 7233


Department Secretary:  Miss Nokuthula Bavu

BTech (HR)

Secretary Telephone:  (0)31 907 7210

Secretary eMail:


To produce a high quality, advanced instructional programme in the field of Mechanical Engineering, which produces competent graduates who can meet the needs of the community as well as the local, regional and national industry.


This will be achieved by:

  • The continuous improvement of our staff qualifications and expertise in order to deliver the highest quality teaching, learning and research
  • Marketing the department effectively both locally and nationally in order to attract quality students
  • Promoting research projects in collaboration with the industry in order to advance our academic endeavours and to uplift the community
  • Engaging in community related projects regularly in order to enhance the quality of life of both the individual and society.


The National Diploma: Engineering: Mechanical, is designed in order for our graduates to be able to apply analytical and practical engineering techniques and knowledge to conduct operations and solve problems. These will include industrial, social and environmental problems in the mechanical engineering working environment in the areas of design, manufacturing, maintenance and management.


Our graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, analyse and produce solutions to those problems related to mechanical engineering as presented in the classroom and in the laboratory as examples and practicals, as well as those problems encountered in a real-life context as part of Work Integrated Learning
  • Apply analytical and practical techniques and the knowledge related to the specific disciplines of Mechanical Engineering Design. This includes Mechanics and Strength of Materials as applied to Engineering Design, Thermodynamics as applied to Steam Plants and Fluid Mechanics as applied to Hydraulic Machines
  • Conduct engineering operations and apply their practical skills gained through laboratory practicals, specific skills, training, projects and experience during Work Integrated Learning to address challenges in the real-life working environment
  • Communicate in a professional manner, using the language, concepts, models, techniques and equipment encountered in the engineering working environment
  • Apply mathematical techniques and interpret the results of mathematical calculations to assist in the solving of engineering problems
  • Use basic scientific and technological principles in an applied engineering context
  • Analyse the overall functioning and purpose of a particular organisation
  • Organise their personal workflow or that of others within their organisation
  • Work as part of a team or independently as required by the work environment
  • Work ethically, safely and responsibly, taking due consideration for the environment and their fellow human beings.


For all the relevant information such as

  • Admission Requirements.
  • Curriculum Subjects.
  • Pass Requirements.
  • Practicals
  • Work Integrated Learning

Contact Us


J Zvidzayi
MSc,(Eng) MSAIMechE
Senior Lecturer
(0)31 907 7387
N Ncube
MSc (Mech Eng)
(0)31 907 7276
R Gayapershad
BSc (Mech Eng) MSAIMechE
(0)31 907 7387
V S Katiya
BTech(Mech Eng)
(0)31 907 7134
Dr J M Vugampore
PhD Eng, MSAIMechE
(0)31 907 7229
Z M Zondi
BTech (Mech Eng)
(0)31 907 7229
S Wallace
BSc. (Mech Eng)MSaimechE
(031) 907 7134
Extended Curricular Programme Lecturer
F Rapai
MSc Mech. Eng
(0)31 907 7229


Control Technician I G Mills
Instructor E M Mdhluli
Laboratory Assistants M P Mbwandla
L M Mkhize
O Memela
D K Mdluli